Class C rankings: Sobieski skis to top spot while poll sees new No. 2-ranked team

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

This week it was unanimous that Sobieski is the top-ranked team in Class C. In the last poll the Skis received three of the four first-place votes and retained the top spot for the fourth straight poll. Sobieski has opened the Victory League playoff with a pair of dominating wins over Flensburg and Upsala.

What has changed is New Market’s spot in the rankings. The Muskies keep climbing up the poll and grabbed the No. 2 spot this week. The chatter has started that New Market is a serious contender for a Class C state title this year after winning just one game at last year’s state tournament. The Muskies did fall 5-3 to the eventual state champion Kimball to see their state tourney run end.

Sartell, which held the No. 2 spot in the July 3 poll, moved down to No. 3 following a 4-1 loss to New Market July 7.

Behind the strength of its record against Class C opponents Jordan moved up a spot to No. 4. The Brewers have lost just one game against Class C teams and picked up a 5-2 win over Northfield, a team ranked in the top five of Class B.

Maple Lake fell to the No. 5 position in the rankings despite winning the North Star League with a 16-2 record.

Plato continued its ascension in the poll and reached No. 6 this week and appear on track for a No. 1 seed in the Region 7 tournament.

New London-Spicer remained at No. 7 in the poll while the Milroy Yankees broke into the top 10 for the first time at No. 8 after putting together an 18-4 record.

Lastrup joined Milroy as another team to enter the top 10 rankings this season after going 14-1 and clinching a spot in the Region 8 tournament.

Carver stayed at No. 10 for the second straight week despite some struggles down the stretch.

Records were accurate at the time pollsters submitted their rankings. 

Jason Kuerschner — Cologne

1. Sobieski Skis – Continuing to dominate the Victory League at 13-0 and also picked up a non-league win over the Cold Spring Springers. Have advanced to the Region 8 tourney.

2. New Market Muskies – 23-3, ripped off six wins since our last poll, with one of those wins over the Sartell Muskies.

3. Sartell Muskies – 18-3, 3-1 since the last poll, with that loss to New Market. Still looking strong in their league.

4. Plato Blue Jays – 13-1 and leading the tough CRVL, looking to wrap up the No. 1 seed in Region 7.

5. Jordan Brewers – 22-4 still going strong in the RVL, with only one loss to a C team.

6. Maple Lake Lakers – 16-5, wrapped up the No. 1 seed in Region 12.

7. New London-Spicer Twins – 17-3 and still undefeated in the County Line.

8. Milroy Yankees – 18-4 and tops in the Corn Belt, won five games since the last poll.

9. Lastrup Lakers – Quitely out to a 14-1 record and advanced to the Region 8 tourney.

10. Luxemburg Brewers – 18-5 and a strong contender in the CVL.

Honorable Mention: Stark Longhorns, Ortonville Rox, Buckman Billygoats and Avon Lakers.

Tom Elliott — St. Cloud

1. Sobieski Skis – Sobieski wrapped up the Victory League West season with a 13-0 record and is 2-0 in the league playoffs after wins over Flensburg (10-0) and Upsala (11-1). The Skis are a juggernaut.

2. Maple Lake Lakers – The Lakers have secured the top seed in the North Star League playoffs after winning the regular-season title with a 16-2 record. The 2012 state champions are 17-5 overall.

3. New  Market Muskies – New Market beat the visiting Sartell Muskies 4-1 on July 7 and are 21-1 in the DRS League. New Market hasn’t lost since June 1, and that was 3-1 to the Minneapolis Cobras, a Class A team. They haven’t lost to a Class C team since May 13 (St. Benedict, 10-9). Clearly, the Muskies are one of the top teams in the state and serious state title contenders.

4. New  London-Spicer Twins – The Twins go into their game Friday at Granite Falls with a 9-0 record in the County Line League. They are 17-3 overall.

5. Jordan Brewers – Jordan has won 18 of its last 19 games, with its only loss coming to the Class B Cold Spring Springers, 7-1, during the Coors Light Tournament. Jordan is 8-1 in the River Valley League C Division.

6. Sartell Muskies – Sartell has cruised through the Sauk Valley League, going unbeaten, and is 18-3 overall. The Muskies will be the favorites in the league playoffs and their new region, 11C.

7. Milroy Yankees – The Yankees are 9-0 in the Corn Belt League and 18-4 overall, with wins over Sacred Heart (7-1), Raymond (1-0) and Heron Lake (7-6) since the last poll. They close out the regular season against MaxBat on Thursday, the Willmar Rails on Friday and at Bird Island on Sunday night.

8. Stark Longhorns – Stark continues to lead the Tomahawk East with a 15-3 record. The Longhorns have beaten Essig (1-0), Searles (11-6) and Sleepy Eye (4-3) since the last poll.

9. Plato Blue Jays – Plato remains atop the Crow River Valley League South Division at 13-1. Plato is headed to the top seed in Region 7C.

10. Richmond Royals – Richmond is 9-1 in the ever-competitive Stearns County League South Division and has wrapped up a berth in the Region 15C tournament. The Royals are host to Roscoe at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and will close the regular season on July 28 at Lake Henry, which played for the state title last season and is in second place in the SCL South.

Aaron Worm — New Prague

1. Sobieski Skis – Skis finish the regular season as the only unbeaten in the Victory League at 13-0.

2. New Market Muskies – The Fish are 21-1 in the DRS have won 18 league games in a row, and allowing under 3 runs a game.

3. Sartell Muskies – 18-3 on the season, and only loss since last ranking was to my second-ranked team, New Market

4. Jordan Brewers – 20 plus wins, only four losses, with three of those coming to Class B Teams.

5. Plato Blue Jays – Blue Jays are 13-1 in the Crow River, one of the best leagues in the state.

6. New London-Spicer Twins – Unbeaten in the County Line League, and got a big win against Watkins recently.

7. Lastrup Lakers – The Lakers went 12-1 in the Victory League in the regular season, and won a big playoff game in extra innings against Buckman.

8. Maple Lake Lakers – Top team in North Star League at 15-1.

9. Mora Blue Devils – Best Record in the Eastern Minny at 13-1.

10. Ortonville – Don’t know much about the Rox, but winner’s of the Land O’ Ducks League regular season title.

Trent Sukalski — Jackson

1. Sobieski Skis

2. Sartell Muskies

3. New Market Muskies

4. Maple Lake Lakers

5. Jordan Brewers

6. Carver Black Sox

7. Milroy Yankees

8. Plato Blue Jays

9. Lamberton Long Sox

10. Luverne Redbirds

Class C Rankings (As of July 18)

Tiebreaker goes to the team with the highest single vote.

1. Sobieski Skis (40)

2. New Market Muskies (34)

3. Sartell Muskies (30)

4. Jordan Brewers (25)

5. Maple Lake Lakers (24)

6. Plato Blue Jays (18)

7. New London-Spicer Twins (16)

8. Milroy Yankees (11)

9. Lastrup Lakers (6)

10. Carver Black Sox (5)

Others receiving votes: Luverne Redbirds, Lamberton Long Sox, Ortonville Rox, Mora Blue Devils, Stark Longhorns, Luxemburg Brewers, Buckman Billygoats, Avon Lakers and Richmond Royals.

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